Cenyu Han (15, China) will be the fourth driver in Van Amersfoort Racing's line-up, contesting the 2020 ADAC Formula 4 season, alongside current leader in the standings Jonny Edgar (16, England), Jak Crawford (15, USA) and Francesco Pizzi (15, Italy). Han was born in Nanjing but has lived in Milan since 2015. He also uses the name McQueen when racing. As a member of the Rosberg Racing Academy, set up by ex-Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg to bring on aspiring kart drivers, McQueen will contest this season's remaining ADAC Formula 4 races and those in its Italian counterpart.
McQueen has competed successfully in the German Kart Championship (DKM) in the past and has already had his first round of tests in the Italian Formula 4. "I'm very much looking forward to the upcoming challenges and the battles on the track," he told us. "I feel that things are now becoming reality, even though I will spend 2020, learning on the job. I will do my best. Being part of Van Amersfoort Racing makes me feel very confident. The team are extremely professional and we share the same passion for racing. I can't wait to get started on our journey together."
The famous Dutch outfit is particularly impressed with the teenager's 'mature attitude' to racing. "He has shown himself to be very ambitious and eager to learn," said Rob Niessink, CEO of Van Amersfoort Racing. "We will use all the means at our disposal to support him in the development of his motor racing career." Niessing went on to say he is aware that participating in two of the world's toughest Formula 4 championships will present their young driver with an enormous challenge but thinks that the competitive environment will help him quickly improve.
By the way, McQueen is not the first Chinese driver to contest the ADAC Formula 4. Guan Yu Zhou first got started in formula racing during the inaugural 2015 season and with some success. Now aged 21, he drives in Formula 2 for Team UNI-Virtuosi Racing team and is currently two places behind Mick Schumacher (21, Prema Powerteam) in sixth position in the overall standings.
The sixth season of ADAC Formula 4 with a total of seven race meetings started in early August. VAR's drivers have won three of the six races held so far. The season opened at the Lausitzring followed by the Nürburgring. The next round is scheduled to take place at the Hockenheimring in September before drivers and teams return to the Nürburgring and then head to the Red Bull Ring, Zandvoort and finally the Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben. SPORT1 plan to broadcast at least one race live on free-to-air television every weekend, and racing can also be watched on SPORT1+. All races will be made available online as live stream with German or English commentary at SPORT1.de, youtube.com/adac and adac.de/motorsport.